Commencing in 1955, the Vietnam War was also known as the Second Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam with the former being supported by communist allies such as the USSR and the latter being supported by the United States of America. With the American Government approaching the conventional war as means to prevent the establishment of a communist regime in South Vietnam, they supported the South Vietnamese forces with strategic bombing against the attacks launched by the Viet Cong which was also known as the National Liberation Front. The War concluded in 1975 and, in honour of the Communist leader Ho Chi Minh, the city of Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. Given the prominence of this city during the 20th century, particularly with regard to the termination of the war which has been called the ‘Fall of Saigon’ or the ‘Liberation of Saigon’, residing in hotels in Ho Chi Minh are a wonderful way to immerse oneself in the local history and understand the events leading up to the War and its conclusion.
For those who are contemplating a visit to South East Asia, the state of Vietnam is a wonderful choice. Unlike other South East Asian nations such as Thailand, Vietnam appears unspoiled and its natural beauty is very much intact. For those seeking recommendations in terms of accommodation options, the Somerset Chancellor Court Ho Chi Minh City comes highly recommended, not merely because of its world class service and holiday experience, but also because of its location at the heart of one of Vietnam’s most important cities.
A wonderful place to learn the history of Vietnam, the city is home to the Museum of Vietnamese History, the War Remnants Museum as well as the famed Cu Chi Tunnels. Therefore, travellers have a multitude of opportunities to learn about the interesting history of the country and appreciate its development in the aftermath of the War.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.